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Former PRSSA President and Hall of Fame Inductee Establishes Student Leadership Award Through PRSA Foundation

April 30, 2012

New York (April 30, 2012) — The PRSA Foundation announced today that former Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) national president and Arketi Group Principal Mike Neumeier, APR, and his wife, Kelly, have established The Neumeier Family Leadership Award for PRSSA students in Georgia and Florida.

“As a PRSSA alum and past national president, I was honored to be inducted into the PRSSA Hall of Fame in 2010,” said Neumeier. “The leadership skills I developed during my time at the University of Florida as a PRSSA leader helped prepare me for my career. The experiences have been truly instrumental in my growth as a public relations professional, and I am eager to promote those opportunities for the next generation of public relations leadership.”

This award recognizes PRSSA students (undergraduate or graduate) who demonstrate leadership on campus, in their community or in PRSSA. Students must be PRSSA members at an accredited college or university in Florida or Georgia. The recipient will be selected by a committee from the PRSA Counselors Academy, and will be honored with the $1,000 award at the PRSSA National Conference in San Francisco.

“The PRSA Foundation is happy to work with the Neumeiers to invest in the future of the profession through the establishment of this annual scholarship,” said Gail Rymer, APR, president of the PRSA Foundation. “The PRSA Foundation has made it easy for individuals and organizations to establish scholarships and awards similar to The Neumeier Family Leadership Award, and we hope others will follow Mike and Kelly’s lead in giving back to the public relations community. It is especially rewarding to see former PRSSA leaders experience such career success, and to honor the role the organization played in their accomplishments by helping today’s students do the same.”

More information about The Neumeier Family Leadership Award can be found at http://www.prssa.org/scholarships_competitions/individual/neumeier/index.html.

About Arketi Group
Arketi Group is a public relations and digital marketing firm that helps business-to-business (B2B) technology organizations accelerate growth through intelligent strategy, public relations, messaging, branding and demand generation. Consistently recognized by BtoB magazine as one of the nation's “Top BtoB Agencies,” Arketi helps its clients use marketing to generate revenue. Companies benefiting from this approach to B2B marketing include Cbeyond, Concurrent, CorFire, Jacada, Knowlagent, RelayHealth and Xerox. For more information, call (404) 929-0091 ext. 202, or visit www.arketi.com.

The PRSA Foundation is an independent, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to enhance the role of the public relations industry in serving the public good by raising funds for scholarships, research projects that support the practice of public relations and public education initiatives that build greater awareness among business and government leaders about the ethical practice of public relations. For more information regarding the PRSA Foundation, its activities and its board of trustees, visit www.PRSAFoundation.org.


Ashley Biondich
(404) 929-0091 ext. 203

Travis Parman
PRSA Foundation
Communications Chair
(248) 953-0344